East Troy, Wisconsin Award of Excellence: $2,000 Age: 24 "My artwork and having bipolar disorder are simultaneously helping each other grow. My work focuses on the vastness of emotions, and the necessity to show emotions and not hide them inside." Beth Zarden-Benson began her art experiences in childhood with a love for fiber art such as knitting, crocheting, and sewing. Her passion for working with her hands led Zarden-Benson to her current studies in metalsmithing. Zarden-Benson is drawn to the elemental virtues of metal, the physical and aesthetic properties of which can be achieved by hammering, heating, and chasing.
A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25. September 7, 2011 - January 22, 2012